Citadel football player suspended after video shows him assaulting two women

Javonte Middleton (The Citadel Athletics)

Nathan Dominitz

Savannah Morning News, Ga.

Sep. 1—Surveillance footage shows former Savannah football star Javonte Middleton physically assaulting two women, one identified as his ex-girlfriend, on Friday night, according to a report from The Citadel Department of Public Safety.

Middleton, a former standout student-athlete at Jenkins High School, was suspended from The Citadel after he was arrested Saturday and charged with third-degree domestic violence. He is a senior cornerback on the Charleston, S.C., college’s football team.

The two female cadets, one of whom said she was Middleton’s ex-girlfriend, gave statements Saturday to The Citadel Department of Public Safety.

According to the report, the victim said she had broken up with Middleton and they got into an argument. He later followed her and another woman to a dormitory room, where he tried to grab her phone, according to the report.

They left the room and while outside, Middleton “tried to trip Victim and grabbed and twisted her wrist, pulled her hair, tried to take her phone away from her, and slapped her face,” according to the report.

She also stated that Middleton had “struggled” with her friend, the report said. She stated that cadets Reggie Reynolds, Aijah Alford and others came over and Middleton threatened them, according to the report.

According to incident reports, Reynolds and Alford gave statements Friday night that Middleton “had beat up his girlfriend and threatened to shoot himself and them.”

The allegations came after authorities had been called to Middleton’s room to investigate reports that he had a firearm on campus. Middleton’s room was searched and, with his permission, his vehicle was searched. No weapons were found.

The victim also stated that Middleton has three firearms — two shotguns and a handgun — which he keeps in a storage unit, according to the report.

She also said that Middleton had physically abused her during their relationship this summer, the report said.

Video footage from around 9:30 p.m. Friday showed an altercation on campus between a male and two females — later identified as Middleton, the ex-girlfriend and her friend — as the victim had described in her statement, according to the incident report.

The report states that footage shows Middleton trying to trip the victim, then grabbing both women and a struggle ensues, with Middleton pulling the victim’s hair.

The victim later stated that she wants to pursue charges against Middleton.

Third-degree domestic violence is a misdemeanor in South Carolina with penalties including up to 90 days in jail.

Third-degree domestic violence is defined in South Carolina as a person causing physical injury, or threatening to cause physical injury and creating fear of imminent peril, to a household member.

Middleton is listed as a redshirt sophomore when it comes to his football eligibility, but he’s a senior academically and is on track to graduate in the spring with a degree in sports management.

The Citadel is scheduled to open the season at 7 p.m. Thursday at No. 22 Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C.

Middleton appeared in 11 games in 2020-21 and made eight starts, finishing with 26 tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one interception and three pass break-ups.

He was named the military captain of the Bulldogs last spring and became the first player from the school to wear the coveted No. 0. Middleton serves as a point of contact between the coaches, the school president and regiment officer to the players on the team, among other responsibilities.

He came to The Citdael as a quarterback following a highly decorated career as a three-sport standout in football, baseball and basketball at Jenkins. He was selected the Ashley Dearing Award winner in 2018 as Savannah’s most versatile male high school athlete in his senior year.

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